Just 3 ingredients and about 10 minutes of prep for this classic Southern Pimento Cheese recipe!
pimento cheese recipe, pimento cheese without cream cheese
Servings: 3½ cups
1(4 ounce)jar diced pimentos, NOT drained
1poundsharp cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place the cheese in a mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine diced pimentos (with their juice) and mayonnaise. Add to the cheese, toss to combine, and season with salt and pepper.
Serve as a dip with fresh vegetables, spread on bread as a sandwich, or on top of crackers.
Make Ahead: You can prepare the pimento cheese recipe up to 3 or 4 days in advance. Store the cheese spread in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Allow the pimento cheese to sit on the counter for about 30 minutes before serving. This will make it softer and easier to spread.
Leftover pimento cheese will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Do not freeze pimento cheese, since mayonnaise tends to separate when it's thawed.
This recipe yields a large amount of pimento cheese spread (about 3 1/2 cups). If you are serving a smaller crowd, you can cut all of the ingredients in half to prepare a smaller batch.
If you're preparing pimento cheese sandwiches, you'll need approximately 1/3 - 1/2 cup of pimento cheese per sandwich. This recipe will make about 6-7 sandwiches. For 10 -15 sandwiches, you'll need to double the recipe. For 50 sandwiches, you would need about 25 cups of pimento cheese spread (or about 7 batches of this recipe).
Do not use pre-shredded packaged cheese. It's best if you grate the cheese by hand or in a food processor just before using.
Depending on your taste preferences, you can 1-2 tablespoons of grated Vidalia onion to the pimento cheese, stir in minced jalapeño peppers, cayenne or hot sauce for a spicy kick, or add dill pickle relish for a briny finish. We think that the basic recipe is best, though!
Pimento Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 cup)
Calories 228.5Calories from Fat 195
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 8.6g54%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.